Bose with aftermarket head unit, using factory amps?

200q20v a200q20v at
Thu Nov 20 06:48:39 PST 2008

1. make sure the dealer actually replaced amplifiers. The recall doesn't apply to soldered. New amplifiers come with a connector. I had to find and solder the connector myself.
2. I had completely restored my radio buttons. Have pictures but have not yet put the procedure online. It is pretty trivial.

-----Original Message-----
From: "Kenneth Keith" <auditude at>
Date: Thursday, Nov 20, 2008 12:16 am
Subject: Bose with aftermarket head unit, using factory amps?
To: "200q20V mailing list" <200q20v at>

So I took my recently purchased stone grey 200q20v to the dealer for the Bose recall.  They did the recall but didn't diagnose the small engine oil leak that they said they would look at, so they gave me an A3 2.0t loaner to drive while they see what's leaking for a quote (why not).  I hadn't driven one before (or any Audis of the past 10 years or so, except for a ALMS TT once).  The A3 is pretty peppy!  Sporty too.

Anyone interested in some brand new Bose speakers in case I convert to a regular setup?  The head unit apparently has some preset buttons that are stuck down and they said they couldn't enter the security code that was activated when I bought the car with a dead battery.  If I can't fix that or put in another free one, I'll put in an aftermarket head unit which I don't think I can use with the amplified Bose speakers (right?).

I thought I would give the stock Bose system a try since I haven't had a working setup before, and I think the station frequency display in the instrument cluster (which I have to pull to repair an apparent ground problem, btw) is pretty cool.  My last 200q20v got totalled before I could respond to the Bose recall postcard, so I never found out what that's like
(since it had aftermarket speakers in it when I got it).


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